Jun
26
2009

Policing the Debate on Health Reform

ABC's Diane Sawyer claimed (CNN, 6/22/09) the network's June 24 forum on President Barack Obama's healthcare plan would feature "questions from every single vantage point." Yet, ignoring calls from FAIR (Action Alert, 6/22/09) and advocacy groups such as Health Care Now!, the special did not include a single question from an advocate of single-payer national health insurance–¬Ědespite the fact that the single-payer option polls well with the public (New York Times/CBS, 1/11-15/09) and is seen by many experts as the best way of expanding coverage to the uninsured while also controlling costs. In the wake of well-publicized flak ABC received […]

Mar
20
2009

ABC Tries to Calm the Populist Fire

You can accuse some in the media of paying too much attention to the bonuses at AIG, but on ABC's newscast they've been doing the opposite–trying to tell people to stop talking down "our" company. ABC's World News With Charles Gibson, March 17: CHARLES GIBSON: Let me turn to Betsy Stark. There is an awful lot of, I guess you could call it AIG bashing going on. But as a lot of people pointed out today, there's a real danger in this, because everybody in this country has a vested interest in AIG succeeding, because we, the taxpayer, essentially own […]

Mar
19
2009

Charlie Gibson on Pulling Punches

Courtesy of the New York Daily News (3/18/09): ABC's World News anchor Charles Gibson at one point considered being a sports reporter. However, he ultimately realized the job was more difficult than it looked. "I began to realize that sports journalism was so difficult because if you cover a team, you have to stay in the good graces of that team," Gibson tells Michael Kay in the YES Network's CenterStage airing Thursday at 10 p.m. "So, do you pull your punches?" says Gibson. "Do you not write about the fact that so-and-so is a drunk? Or that so-and-so may be […]

Mar
18
2009

ABC Touts Good News From Iraqi Poll, Downplays Bad News for U.S.

The ABC network, in conjunction with the BBC and Japan's NHK, has repeatedly polled Iraqis about the state of their country and the U.S. occupation. On Monday night (3/16/09) they aired a report that featured findings from the latest poll. Anchor Charles Gibson reported: Every year we have taken an extensive look at where things stand. Polling Iraqis and sending reporters across the country, both at times dangerous undertakings. But this year, extraordinary change, real optimism. 59 percent of Iraqis now say they feel very safe in their communities. And 65 percent say things are going well in their own […]